A Calgary man accused of torturing and killing a dog and cat earlier this year in a horrific case of animal abuse will receive a 30-day psychiatric assessment.
Nicolino Ivano Camardi, 19, was arrested earlier this month at his family's home and faces charges of wilfully causing unnecessary pain, suffering or injury to an animal.
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The Calgary Humane Society began investigating him in January when a starved, two-year-old Siberian husky was found dead with tape around its muzzle.
A nine-month-old dead kitten was found in the same area a week later with green painter's tape covering most of its face.
The preliminary investigation conducted by the Calgary Humane Society showed the animals had a history of traumatic physical injuries.
A reward fund to catch the person behind the killings raised more than $75,000.
The judge granted a joint request from the Crown and Camardi's defence lawyer for an assessment on whether he is fit to stand trial.
His lawyer wants him moved to a psychiatric facility as soon as possible over concerns about his safety at the Calgary Remand Centre.